Toni Morrison is one of the most celebrated African American writers today. She is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and has won the Nobel Prize. Several of her pieces of fiction populate require reading lists across the country. All of her work, whether fiction or nonfiction, are thought-provoking and powerful. As the New York Review of Books says, “Toni Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major figure in our national literature.”
So, we’ve selected some of her titles (many read by the author!) that should be in everyone’s collection.
“Morrison turns a critical eye on race, social politics, money, feminism, culture, and the press, with the essential mandate that each of us bears the responsibility for reaching beyond our superficial identifies and circumstances for a closer look at what it means to be human.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Brilliantly incisive essays, speeches, and meditations considering race, power, identity, and art… Powerful, highly compelling pieces from one of our greatest writers.”
—Kirkus (starred review)
“Dazzling. . . . Magical. . . . An extraordinary work.” —The New York Times
“So precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry.” —The New York Times
“It may come as no surprise that Toni Morrison is as thoughtful, dramatic, and poetic a reader as she is a writer. A Mercy reveals itself to the listener in small, significant stages, using imagery far more than simple narrative, and Morrison’s deft reading is an integral part of keeping the listener rapt with attention.” –AudioFile
“Another unflinching, gorgeously written story.” –San Francisco Chronicle
Go behind the scenes of her recording GOD HELP THE CHILD here.
Continue with your Toni Morrison listen-list by browsing all of her titles on audio.